March 4, 2016
The Georgetown University women's lacrosse squad (0-3) will travel to Towson, Md., on Saturday, March 5 to play the No. 17 Towson Tigers (4-0) in a 3 p.m. matchup at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Live stats and streaming will be available at www.guhoyas.com.
Last Saturday, Georgetown overcame a four-goal halftime deficit, but No. 9 Princeton University (3-0) scored a free position goal in the final seconds to defeat the Hoyas, 10-9, at Princeton's Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.
Francesca Whitehurst (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) paced the GU offense with four goals on just five shots. Her season-high performance garnered her Inside Lacrosse and BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors and is the most goals by a Hoya in a single game this season.
Adding depth to the Hoyas offense against the Tigers was Georgia Tunney (Towson, Md./Notre Dame Prep),who scored a pair. Colleen Lovett (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh), Taylor Gebhardt (Baldwinsville, N.Y/C.W. Baker) and Natalie Bulgier (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) each tallied a goal apiece. Maddy Fisher (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) played the first half in goal and made two saves. Megan McDonald (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City) played the final 30 minutes and registered three saves.
The Hoyas outshot the Tigers, 26-24, and caused 13 Princeton turnovers.
Whitehurst currently tops Georgetown's squad with five goals and three assists for a team-best eight points. She is followed by Kristen Bandos (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame of Namur) who has four goals for the year, and Morgan Rubin (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) and Corinne Etchison (Eldersburg, Md./McDonogh School) with three goals apiece. Etchison and Whitehurst are also tied in assists with team-best of three.
Rubin leads the Hoyas in draw controls with five and McDonald has picked up a team-best seven ground balls. Whitehurst, Bandos and Jenny Schwalje have posted two caused turnovers on the defensive end of the field.
McDonald has seen a majority of the minutes in the cage with 13 saves to her credit.
After a 9-5 upset of then No. 19 Loyola on Sunday, Towson moved into all three national polls this week. The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Poll moved Towson into the poll at No. 20. The Tigers are one of 10 undefeated teams in the poll. In the ILWomen.com Media Poll, the Tigers moved into the rankings at No. 17 and the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Women's Top 20 ranked No. 15 spot in the poll. The Tigers (4-0) are ranked for the first time this season and the first time since March 24 of the 2014 season.
The Tigers are paced by Kaitlyn Montalbano with a team-high 11 points off of eight goals and three assists. Emily Gillingham has also registered eight goals this season on 17 shots. Breanna Hamm and Tianna Wallpher lead the defense with a team-best seven ground balls while Gillingham tops the Tigers with eight caused turnovers.In the cage, Angie Benson has posted a 4.69 goals against average and a .500 save percentage.
The Hoyas are 10-9 all-time against the Tigers and have won 10 of the last 12 meetings. Last season, the Blue & Gray fell to Towson, 13-10, at Cooper Field. Georgetown was in it early, but second-half runs by the Tigers were too much to overcome. Bandos led the Hoyas with three goals for the second-consecutive game. Lovett added two goals and an assist, while Tarzian added a goal and two assists. The Hoyas outshot the Tigers, 26-20, but struggled on the draw with just nine to Towson's 16. Georgetown held the 18-13 advantage on ground balls and forced 18 Tiger turnovers while committing just 14.